Evgeni Malkin is the MVP of the NHL. Here is why; Malkin led the league in points early in the season and held that title throughout.
There were plenty who tried to dethrone him but failed, including wonder boy Alexander Ovechkin.
Sure, Ovechkin lead the league in goals, but Malkin has the advantage when it comes to Assists, +/-, Giveaways, Takeaways, and short handed goals. Ovechkin leads Malkin in only hits and goals.
When it comes down to how important they are to their teams, in my eyes, look at the production in the playoffs.
Malkin leads in goals and points at four and three, respectively. Ovechkin has yet to tickle the twine in the playoffs.
The Penguins are playing a much more dominant and physical team, and if Ovechkin is the MVP everyone says he is then why has he yet to score a goal against the No. 7-seeded Rangers?
Yes, I am a Penguins fan, and you can call me a homer if you want to, but the stats don’t lie.
Sadly, I do see Ovechkin winning because of the amount of goals he has scored and his constant tomfoolery. He is always in the spotlight, be it good or bad, he has more of the attention. His play is borderline dirty, and he has a mere 13 points in his two years of playoffs.
Malkin, on the other hand, has put up 33 points in the playoffs. You can’t tell me that the MVP of the league can get through the playoffs with only 13 points? That’s because Alexander Ovechkin has never made it through the second round of the playoffs.
Malkin on the other hand helped his team come within 2 wins of the hoisting the most coveted Cup in Hockey.
I have made my case and I know that the comments to this will be equally varied between the Malkin fans and Ovechkin fans.